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Approaches to EFL Teaching: Autism

For Teachers · PAID
2 hours

Approaches to EFL Teaching: Autism

Almost in all EFL study groups there are students with learning difficulties across all levels. It is important all students feel included and have equal opportunity to learn a foreign language. In this framework, teachers are expected to accommodate their teaching, requirements and examination preparation techniques to meet the students’ needs.

This interactive webinar focuses on understanding the learning skills and the differentiated teaching strategies necessary for students in the Autistic spectrum. In order to teach English as a second language to autistic students, teachers need to be aware of their specific needs.

  • Familiarize yourselves with the terms “Autistic spectrum disorders” (ASDs) and “Asperger’s Syndrome”
  • Understand how ASDs affect the learning process
  • Emphasize on the relationship between social skills and the teaching process
  • Determine teaching strategies and tools used for ASDs students.

Part 1: Introduction

  • Defining Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Learning difficulties of students in the spectrum. Symptoms and signs
  • The importance of difficulties in social skills

Part 2: ASDs and EFL

  • Understanding the task
  • Organizing ideas
  • Outlining, paragraph forming
  • Connection and development of ideas
  • Improving linguistic range and control

Part 3: Discussion

Georgia Douska

Georgia Douska is a teacher of English, specialized in Learning Difficulties screening and intervention. She has a degree in English and postgraduate degrees in Education/Special Educational Needs (Cardiff University, UK) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (EKΠΑ). Over the last 18 years, she has been assessing and planning intervention programs for students with learning difficulties. She designs and applies specialized techniques and study material to help students learn the language and participate in exams in order to get the necessary competency certificates. She is also a certified oral examiner since 2004.   

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